kogden Posted October 22, 2014 Share Posted October 22, 2014 http://hardware.slashdot.org/story/14/10/22/185244/ftdi-reportedly-bricking-devices-using-competitors-chips Apparently, the new FTDI drivers pushed through updates will not just disable but PERMANENTLY BRICK counterfeit FTDI usb->serial chips. On purpose. This includes the FTDI FT232RL used on most SIO2PC adapters. Apparently, quite a few of the cheap breakout boards on ebay used counterfeit chips. They work just fine but DO NOT install the new driver or it won't work at all anymore without effort and a Linux box around. Even with the old driver. Here's a page on how to tell if you have a counterfeit chip: http://zeptobars.ru/en/read/FTDI-FT232RL-real-vs-fake-supereal Figured I'd warn folks, I have 2 FT232RL-based SIO2PC adapters. I got my breakout boards from Sparkfun though and they appear legit. --Kevin 1 Quote Link to comment Share on other sites More sharing options...
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